Category Archives: True Crime Authors

How a true crime author helped catch the Golden State Killer

American author Michelle McNamara researched the Golden State Killer for years.

She even wrote a New York Times bestselling book about the man who raped and murdered dozens from 1976 to 1986 in Southern California: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer.

(The book was released in February this year and is reviewed here.)

Earlier this year, a suspect was arrested in the case, but McNamara wasn’t there to see it. The true-crime writer died unexpectedly in her sleep in 2016 aged 46, leaving it to friends and family to celebrate her determination to see what she saw as a “solvable case” solved.

“When everyone woke up to that news, we were like, ‘Holy s***,” says Kera Bolonik, a resident of Brook-lyn, Illinois, where McNamara grew up, and the writer’s friend for 32 years.

“There’s a lot of pride and some sadness that she’s

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Corvallis native writes book about 1967 unsolved murder of her classmate

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Local author host book signing at Buford Pusser home and museum – WBBJ

JACKSON, Tenn —  A local author hosted a book signing Saturday morning at the Buford Pusser Home and Museum.

Robert Broughton, author of “Ghost Tales of the State Line Mob”, released a new book titled, “Louise Hathcock: Queen of the State Line Mob”.  He said after writing his first publication, he wanted to write a book specific to each character in it. Louise Hathcock is the first one of the series.

“It’s history that’s real. It’s true crime.,” Author, Robert Broughton said.  “It really happened. You can go through court records like I did and newspaper articles and read about these people, but the books put together their whole history instead of just bits and pieces,”

Broughton said his books are based on the history of the state line and the corruption between Selmer and Corinth from the 30’s to the 60’s. 

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True Crime Author Remembers ‘Forgotten Sacramento Murders’

Local historian and author David Kulczyk just released a new book about the Sacramento’s mid-century murders, “Forgotten Sacramento Murders 1940-1976.”

He’ll join Insight to talk about his research and his upcoming reading at Time Tested Books on July 12, part of his series of “Dead Talks.”

Hear Kulczyk discuss his book on the “True Muder” podcast.

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The Frankston Murders

Photo: Vikki Petraitis

This woman was with Victoria Police when they discovered the 3rd victim of serial killer Paul Denyer who hunted his victims around the suburb of Frankston.

We spoke with Vikki about her book “The Frankston Murders: 25 years on” and about the disturbing background of of Paul Denyer who is currently serving time in jail.

Vikki Petraitis is the author of 14 true crime books and has contributed stories to four true crime anthologies.

Those books include: The Phillip Island Murder (with Paul Daley); Victims, Crimes and Investigators, The Frankston Murders/Frankston Serial Killer (two editions); Rockspider; Cops – True stories from Australian Police; Forensics – true stories from Australian Police Files; Crime Scene Investigations; Salvation – the true story of Rod Braybon’s fight for justice; The Dog Squad; and Once a Copper: The life and times of Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy.

Out September is Petraitis’s new book, Inside the Law: 25 years

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CBS true crime premieres for July: ‘Whistleblower’ and ‘Pink Collar Crimes’

Mark your calendars!  Two true crime series, Whistleblower and Pink Collar Crimes are set to premiere this month on CBS.


Executive Produced by 48 Hours star Susan Zirinsky, “Whistleblower” will look into the world of corporate crime. It promises to expose corporations for ripping off taxpayers and highlight the courage of those who step forward. It will be hosted by former Judge and Police Officer Alex Ferrer. According to, the premiere episode will look into Bristol-Myers Squibb, a proverbial pharmaceutical giant.  Whistleblower will surely raise eyebrows and ruffle feathers. It premieres at 8 PM on Friday, July 13, on CBS.

Pink Collar Crimes

Pink Collar Crimes will have a different focus — ordinary women who attempt extraordinary crimes. Hosted by famous O.J. Simpson Prosecutor and author, Marcia Clark, it promises to show stories about “soccer moms” robbing banks, and look into their trials and prison

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Infamous Angus head on the beach case to feature in TV series on coastal killings

The infamous murder of a Lithuanian farm worker is to feature in a reality crime series a decade on from the ‘head on the beach’ slaying which shocked Angus.

Documentary makers have been filming in the county for a programme on the killing of Jolanta Bledaite as part of a series called Murder By The Sea for CBS Reality, a study of horror cases around the coast of the UK.

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The rocky foreshore near Arbroath beach where Jolanta’s head was discovered.

The first set of programmes produced by genre specialists Monster Films has already aired, presented by Greenock-born Geoffrey Wansall, a true crime author whose books include the official biography of notorious serial killer Fred West.

Hard-working Jolanta was suffocated and dismembered by fellow Lithuanians Vitas Plytnykas and Alexandras Skirda at a block of flats in

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True-crime author Jerry Bledsoe critiques books about two other NC murder stories

Editor’s note: This article was first published March 28, 1993, when Jerry Bledsoe reviewed these books for The News Observer.

Although New York publishers have decided that true-crime books are a dying genre, North Carolina, for whatever reasons, continues to be a hotbed of real-life murders bizarre enough to be turned into books and TV movies of the week.

Two such cases are told in current books, both set to be TV movies. And they are perfect examples of what’s wrong and what’s right with the genre.

If Jim Schutze’s “Preacher’s Girl” were labeled fiction, as it should be, it would be just another excremental novel. Presented as truth, it is a sort of crime itself.

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What’s Worth Reading This Summer? editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the conversation. We spent a fair bit of time asking Carlos questions about his craft. We eventually moved on to discuss a book we have read, a book we intend to read, and a book to take to the beach. That at least was the plan. As you can see below, we strayed from our guidance.

Carlos’s picks were:

What He Has Read. The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, by Francisco Cantú. In this memoir of his nearly four years as a border patrol agent, Cantú describes the violence at America’s southern border. It’s full of moving personal experiences

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Patton Oswalt On Being Funny In Tough Times

Comedy is tough, but Patton Oswalt makes it look easy.

The Emmy and Grammy-winning comedian has released eight comedy albums and six stand-up specials. He’s also appeared in more than 50 movies.

By 2016, Oswalt had planned to take a break from stand-up when his wife — true-crime author Michelle McNamara — died unexpectedly.

Suddenly, comedy got much, much harder.

Oswalt eventually returned to the stage, finding a way to talk about grief that was moving and funny. He released his latest comedy special, “Annihilation,” last year.

I think [the name] ‘Annihilation’ was a combination of a lot of things because it was about how I was feeling, how I was existing. I felt like I just didn’t really exist. I even talk about, you know, am I the one that died? I was in such deep grief. And also, I was kind of making fun of the idea… part of

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